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2018 Toyota Yaris GRMN review - verdict

The Toyota Yaris GRMN is the first in a new generation of sporty Toyotas. So, is it a match for the best hot hatches?

Words By Steve Huntingford

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Toyota Yaris GRMN side

It may have a forgettable name, but this hot Yaris proves that Toyota and Gazoo are more than capable of making cars that are fun to drive, which augurs well for future GRMN models.

Those future models will need to be more competitively priced, though; the Yaris GRMN costs Β£26,295, for which you could have a Mini John Cooper Works and plenty of change, or Hyundai’s new i30N, which handles brilliantly, feels a lot faster and is much roomier and easier to live with.

That’s not such a problem here because Toyota is bringing just 80 Yaris GRMNs to the UK, and all have apparently found homes already. But we suspect it would make it difficult to sell – and impossible to recommend – cars built in larger numbers, even if they turn out to be Gazoo Racing’s real meister-pieces.


What Car? says...

Rated 3 out of 5


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Rivals:

Hyundai i30N

Mini John Cooper Works


Toyota Yaris GRMN

Price Β£26,295 Engine 4cyl, 1798cc, petrol Power 209bhp at 6800rpm Torque 184lb ft at 4800rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 6.4sec Top speed 143mph Official economy 37.3mpg CO2, tax band 170g/km, 33%

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